Osteoporosis and Treatment
Osteoporosis is characterized by the diminished deposition and increased release of mineral deposits in the trabecular mesh of cortical bone, which makes bones brittle and at varying risk for fracture, depending on the severity of mineral loss. The end result can lead to fracture, pain and a significant decrease in quality of life.
Who it Affects:
Osteoporosis and osteopenia (less severe than osteroporosis) is common and primarily affects postmenopausal women, since estrogen is an important factor in maintaining normal bone density. However, osteoporosis can be a side effect of certain medications including corticosteroids (like prednisone) and anti-retroviral drugs, certain endocrine diseases with altered calcium metabolism (like hyperparathyroidism), and certain cancers to name a few.
Why you should take measures now to PREVENT it:
A woman's peak bone density occurs around age 30. Peak bone density determines, in part, how healthy her bones will be later in life. The more density there is to lose, the longer it will take for the bone loss to become problematic. After menopause, it is difficult to increase bone density once it is lost.
Get screened: Naturopathic doctors can identify risk factors. Get your bone density scan, a DEXA, which compares your bone density against your peers (Z score) and against young women who should be at their peak bone density (T score).
Natural Supplements: Naturopathic Physicians provide specific minerals and phytoestrogens shown to maintain bone mass.